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When Legitimacy Shapes Environmentally Responsible Behaviors: Considering Exposure to University Sustainability Initiatives

  • Emory University (GA)
  • Oberlin College (OH)
  • University of Chicago (IL)

This study examines how perceptions of the legitimacy of university sustainability efforts—support by the administration (authorization) or from students’ peers (endorsement)—as well as the physical context in which ...


AASHE STARS: Field Notes From New Adopters

  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Gordian (SC)

The AASHE STARS program is invaluable. It provides higher education institutions a unified platform for assessing and reporting their contributions towards the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals. However, obstacles ...

  • Posted Nov. 5, 2018
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The Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network: A Multi-Institution Program to Research and Reduce Nitrogen Pollution

  • University of Virginia (VA)
  • Eastern Mennonite University (VA)
  • Brown University (RI)
  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Colorado State University (CO)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (DC)
  • University of New Hampshire (NH)
  • University of Chicago (IL)

Humans release reactive nitrogen into the environment at a rate that is 4 to 5 times as large as from natural terrestrial processes. They do this by producing and applying ...

  • Posted April 26, 2017
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University of Chicago New Construction Procurement Case Study: Securing Your Investment in Sustainability

  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Second Nature (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • Seventhwave (WI)

Join AASHE and Second Nature for an in-depth look under the hood of the University of Chicago’s innovative procurement approach to establish a measurable energy performance requirement in their ...

  • Posted March 7, 2017
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Raising Student Voices: Student Action for University Community Investment

  • University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Fordham University (NY)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • American University (DC)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

This report from The Democracy Collaborative and the Responsible Endowments Coalition seeks to connect struggling communities to local institutional wealth through engaging student activism. The report profiles three administration-led initiatives ...


How a Sustainability Office Can Transform Town/Gown Relationships

  • Ball State University (IN)
  • University of Chicago (IL)

Universities have long struggled with town/gown relationships, typically employing a community relations office to be its face and defender in the community. However, sustainability offices have a unique role ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Design that Inspires: Cutting through Environmental Gloom and Doom

  • University of Chicago (IL)

Sustainability is a complex concept with multiple meanings making it a challenge to communicate clearly and concisely. At the same time, communication tools have changed significantly, as has the speed ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Creating and Sustaining a Campus Bike Share Program

  • University of Chicago (IL)

Bicycle share programs are an emerging trend on campuses nationwide. They have multiple benefits including building community, decreasing waste and pollution, improving landscapes, encouraging healthy living, and reducing greenhouse gas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Relationship Economics: Causal Measurement Connects Sustainability Initiatives to Critical Outcomes

  • University of Chicago (IL)

To establish the first comprehensive and fully integrated university-wide sustainability system, a robust causal measurement system was created to guide strategic decision making, prioritizing the implementation of sustainability programs and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessing Sustainability in the University of Chicago Dining Halls: Food, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • University of Chicago (IL)

Sustainability proponents are increasingly calling on academic institutions to render their food procurement practices more sustainable. "Locally produced" and "organic" are currently the only two available sustainable options, with availability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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